First, I really wish our government would do something worthwhile instead of these headline grabbing amendments. This is to make them look good for their conservative constituents. I’ve got news for them, this isn’t a conservative issue. At least, it wouldn’t be a conservative issue for those conservatives that believe the government should stay out of our lives. Remember those days? The days before that idiot Rush “Drug Addict” Limbaugh and Ann “Big Mouth, Little Brain” Coulter took over the word conservative and made it into something I could no longer feel apart of.
Oops, I’m off on a tangent.
Second, we don’t need this amendment. Now, I haven’t read the amendment — but I’ve been meaning to — but is anyone besides me and my dad aware of the fact that the only proper way to dispose of a flag is to burn it in a dignified manner? Hey, all you flag waving Americans out there who fly your flag at night — without a light shining on it — and leave it out in the rain, guess what, in my mind, that is just about as disrespectful to the symbol of freedom as the moron who is burning it in protest.
Oh, and those of you who wear a flag patch on your jeans — knock it off. Our flag is not suppose to be displayed that way, nor should it be on a magnet stuck to your car. You aren’t being a patriot, you’re showing your ignorance at how the American flag should be displayed.
So, for those of you who support this amendment, but have never read just how to properly display and dispose of the flag, leave the government alone. Learn how to properly display your own flag, before you tell some idiot that they can’t burn theirs.
PS. Thanks to a website I found after my original post, here is the code for the flag: (I found this on the Cornell Law Website. This is a free service, but they do ask for donations):
§ 8. Respect for flag
|Release date: 2006-03-20
No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
(c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
(e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
(f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
(h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.